Thursday, 19 December 2013

New evidence for Battle of Hastings site considered

The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Battle of Hastings and the death of King Harold

New evidence that questions the traditional site of King Harold's death during the Battle of Hastings is being considered by English Heritage.
Battle Abbey in East Sussex is said to stand on the spot where King Harold died when the English army was routed by the Normans in 1066.
But Channel 4's Time Team claims he fell on the site of what is now a mini roundabout on the A2100.
Abbey curator Roy Porter said the theory would be taken into account.
English Heritage runs 1066 tours of the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings but the actual location has been disputed before.
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1066 and all that


The traditional location for the Battle of Hastings - the site of Battle Abbey - has been called into question.

New research by the Time Team shows that the Battle of Hastings was not fought on the site where it was believed to have taken place. In recent years other theories have been put forward to suggest where the battle took place, but work by the Time Team has shown good arguments for a new location.

Trevor Rowley will discuss the new information in his Oxford Experience course 'William the Conqueror' and incorporate it into the field trip to the battle site. This which will mean that Trevor's students will be amongst the first visitors to the new location.

You can register for Trevor's 'William the Conqueror' course here...

Battle of Hastings 'fought at site of mini roundabout'


Channel 4's Time Team believe they have identified the site of the Battle of Hastings and death of King Harold - now occupied by a mini roundabout


It might seem an inauspicious spot for one of the most seminal moments in the nation’s history.
But new research suggests that the death of King Harold in battle against William the Conqueror’s men actually occurred, not on the site of the high altar of Battle Abbey, where it is commemorated, but on a mini roundabout.
The precise location for the Battle of Hastings has long been in dispute, with competing historians making claims for three rival sites.
Now, an investigation by Channel 4’s Time Team has concluded the battle – and the death of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king – was actually centred on a fourth site: a road junction on the A2100 in East Sussex.
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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Wars of the Roses bodies found in hotel grounds near Harlech Castle


Archaeologists believe three bodies found in the grounds of Harlech's old Queen's Hotel date from the days when the castle was almost permanently under siege

Workers building a new visitor centre next to Harlech Castle may have stumbled on the remains of three people who may have been caught up in the Wars of the Roses.
The bodies were found  near the grounds of the Castle Hotel last Thursday.
Historic monuments group Cadw suggests building foundations also dating back to medieval times have been found at the site.
Archaeology Wales are carrying out further excavations in the hope of finding more human remains.
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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Building is underway at The new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology, The Salisbury Museum

Anglo-Saxon satchel mount c.700 AD. Gold and Silver foils with repoussé decoration. 
Found with the burial of an Anglo-Saxon ‘princess’ at Swallowcliffe, Salisbury.
Amesbury Archer Gold Hair Tresses - 2,300 BC. The oldest gold objects found in Britain, 
Copyright Ken Geiger/National Geographic.
Polished macehead made from gneiss found with a cremation burial at Stonehenge,  3,000 – 2,500 BC.

Building is underway at The new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology, 
The Salisbury Museum

Building has begun on the new Wessex Gallery at the Salisbury Museum, which will make it clear for the first time exactly why Salisbury and it’s nearby World Heritage Sites hold a unique place in British history.

The new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest. Realm Projects, the Nottinghamshire based builders who worked on the Hepworth Wakefield and The Jewish Museum, have been contracted to complete the works.

“By Christmas this year the major construction work will be complete,” said museum director Adrian Green with a gleam in his eye. “In roughly seven months, the new Wessex Gallery will be ready.”

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Monday, 9 September 2013

The sad tale of James IV’s body

King James IV died at Flodden on 9 September 1513

Scotland's King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago. But what became of his body after the massacre?
Earlier this year, the discovery of the body of Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, beneath a car park in Leicester was front-page news.
The obvious implication, that finding long lost kings was a piece of cake, has led to me being repeatedly asked if I am going to look for the body of James IV.
His corpse, disfigured by arrow and bill, was identified after the battle and taken to Berwick, where it was embalmed and placed in a lead coffin before being transported to London.
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Friday, 16 August 2013

Oxford Experience 2014


The programme for the Oxford Experience Summer School is now online.  Registration will not begin until late September, but now is the time to start planning your courses for next summer.

You can find the programme here...

Badger digs up medieval warrior graves


A badger has led German archaeologists to a stunning find of medieval warrior graves, complete with one skeleton still clutching a sword and a wearing snake-shaped buckle on his belt. 

Scientists are now examining the burial site where at least eight people were buried.

Artist and voluntary monument maintenance man Lars Wilhelm said he was watching badgers near his home in Brandenburg, north Germany, when he realized they were digging into an ancient grave. 

He said he had been watching the progress of an enormous badger sett for five years. "My wife and I - we are both sculptors - wanted to put artworks in there." 

But this was now out of the question, he said. "The bones changed everything," he added. 


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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Archaeologist locates the real location of the Battle of Bosworth

A new book, co-authored by Dr Foard and the historian Professor Anne Curry, describes the background to the battle and the archaeological project to find out where it was actually fought.
Credit: University of Huddersfield

A new book, co-authored by Dr Foard and the historian Professor Anne Curry, describes the background to the battle and the archaeological project to find out where it was actually fought.
For generations it was thought that the Battle of Bosworth – which changed the course of English history - took place at a site in Leicestershire called Ambion Hill. There is a battlefield heritage centre there.
However, historians began to cast doubt on the traditional location for the battle. In 2005 Dr Foard was called in by the Leicestershire County Council to settle the matter. It was to be a long and difficult project but in March 2009, a single 30mm lead ball was found. Many more finds followed and Bosworth would yield more round shots than archaeological surveys on any other late medieval European battlefield.
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Monday, 15 July 2013

Excavations at Yoros Castle to move to military zone


The only Byzantine castle in Istanbul, Yoros Castle, is once again hosting archaeological excavation teams this year. The team has asked to work in the lower castle part within the military area and is seeking permission from officials


Excavations that began in 2012 in Istanbul’s remaining Byzantine castle, Yoros, could soon continue in a restricted military zone pending approval from army officials. 

“The lower part of the castle is within the borders of the military area, and military housing complexes are there. We want to work in this military area because the castle should be handled as a whole,” said Professor Asnu Bilban Yalçın, who is heading an excavation team of 30 people in collaboration with the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Istanbul University. “The Yoros Castle has historic importance. I believe that we will find many things in the other part. We demand officials give permission for us to work there.”

Yalçın said excavations had started on July 1 this year and that they would work for two months within the castle, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. “We started working with an environmental cleaning. It has taken so long. Then we will start archaeological works.”

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Archaeological dig to hunt for castle origins


An archaeological dig is to take place in a Cornwall park this month in the hope of discovering more about the castle that once stood there.

Organised by the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, the five-day event in Castle Park, Liskeard, will run from July15-19.

Organisers hope the project could uncover hidden treasures such as Roman forts, Iron Age hill forts, or Bronze Age cairns.

Project officer Iain Rowe said preparations for the dig are well under way.
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Unique medieval harness found at Cork castle


The 13th-14th century leather harness, which went around a horse’s chest and was attached to the saddle, is covered in gilt, copper-alloy shields, and boasts heraldic symbols. 

It may have belonged to a medieval knight and is the only intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland. 

The treasure trove of artefacts includes scores of pieces uncovered around the castle at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork. 

The finds were made by archaeological consultants commissioned by Cork County Council. 


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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Archaeologists find secret chamber at Drum Castle

Drum Castle, near Banchory, is the oldest intact building in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Picture: Complimentary

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered a secret medieval chamber and its ancient loo - hidden for centuries - during a conservation scheme to protect the oldest castle keep in Scotland.
The remarkable discovery has been made at the 700-year-old medieval tower at the National Trust for Scotland’s Drum Castle near Banchory
Drum Castle, the seat of the Chief of Clan Irvine for centuries, has the oldest keep in Scotland and is the oldest intact building in the care of the trust.
The trust is planning to bring in specialists to remove cement pointing on the ancient tower and replace it with traditional, breathable lime mortar to help preserve the historic keep.
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Friday, 5 July 2013

Dig seeks to establish age of Swedish castle


Archaeologists are working to establish the age of Kalmar Castle in southern Sweden, which has long been accepted to have been built in the 1100s but could be significantly older, or younger.
    "Recent excavations were made in the 1930s and 1940s. Back then they dug in a different way and they didn't have the same advanced dating methods as we have today," said Magnus Stibéus at the National Heritage Board (Riktsantikvarieämbetet).

    The archaeological dig has been facilitated by the renovation of kitchen and restaurant areas at the castle and will continue for three days, according to the local Barometern daily.


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    Tuesday, 2 July 2013

    Wartburg Castle: 1,000 years of German history


    As part of our tour of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites, we check out the beautiful 12th century Wartburg castle in Thuringia.
    Wartburg Castle, which is almost 1,000 years old, is one of Germany's most well-known and best preserved castles. According to legend, it was founded in 1067, and its history can be traced back to the times of the Landgraves of Thuringia. 

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    Monday, 1 July 2013

    Richard III team return to dig


    The University of Leicester team which uncovered the remains of King Richard III under a car park is to return to the historic site to begin work on a new dig.

    Archaeologists from the university want to extend their excavation to discover more about the Church of the Grey Friars where King Richard III was buried.

    The excavation team will also exhume a 600-year-old stone coffin that should contain a high status burial. It may be the remains of a medieval knight called Sir William Moton, who is believed to have been buried at the site in 1362 - over a century before King Richard III.

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    Friday, 28 June 2013

    Win one of 5 pairs of tickets to the new Mary Rose Museum!

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is giving away 5 pairs of adult tickets to the new Mary Rose Museum, with unlimited entry for one year.


    The exciting, new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors on Friday 31st May 2013. Located just metres from Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the new museum provides one of the most significant insights into Tudor life in the world and creates the new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
    The Tudor ship that captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world and the brand new Museum built around her reunites her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew.
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    Monday, 24 June 2013

    Sauvons le Pont des Trous de la destruction!


    Le pont des Trous de Tournai est l'un des plus prestigieux vestiges de l'architecture militaire médiévale de Belgique. Il faisait partie de la troisième enceinte de Tournai, appelée seconde enceinte communale, et défendait le cours de l'Escaut dans sa traversée de la ville! La mise à gabarit de le traversée fluviale de Tournai avance et les dernières informations vont dans le sens d'une destruction de l'ouvrage.

    Une pétition a également été lancée par l'association "Les Amis de la Citadelle" pour protester contre une destruction programmée - URL : https://www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/Projet-Seine-Escaut-sauver-la-traversee-de-Tournai-9999.html

    Une résumé du dossier est également accessible sur Archeologia.be : http://archeologia.be/tournai_pontdestrous.html


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    Thursday, 20 June 2013

    Meet the Mary Rose archer

    The reconstructed face of the Mary Rose archer.
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists have reconstructed the face of a Tudor archer, almost 500 years after he drowned aboard Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose.
    Some 92 skeletons were recovered when the wreck was raised in 1983 (CA 272). Since then, researchers at Swansea University have used cutting-edge motion-capture technology and computer modelling to identify which of these showed signs of repetitive stress injuries to suggest that they had been part of the elite company of longbowmen described in historical accounts of the ship’s crew (CA 276).
    The researchers hope to identify what proportion of the crew might have been archers, however there is one skeleton, already identified as an archer, of particular interest.. Analysis of his skeleton suggests that he stood 6’ tall, well above average for the period – though a strong build would have been essential in order to use the powerful 16th-century longbow, which had draw weights of up to 90kgf – while high-status artefacts found on his person, including an ivory wrist guard, a pewter plate and a silver ring, could hint that he held a high rank in the company.
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    Ancient Toilet Reveals Parasites in Crusader Poop


    Waste from this ancient toilet in Paphos contains traces of common parasites.
    CREDIT: Anastasiou and Mitchell, International Journal of Paleopathology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpp.2013.04.003 


    Researchers from the University of Cambridge dug into the pit of dried-out waste under a latrine in the remains of Saranda Kolones (Greek for "Forty Columns") at Paphos, a city at the southwestern tip of Cyprus and a UNESCO World Heritage site. [Through the Years: A Gallery of the World's Toilets]

    Overlooking Paphos harbor, and next to a complex of Roman villas with remarkably intact floor mosaics, Saranda Kolones was long thought to be a temple because of the granite columns that littered its ruins. But excavations in the 1950s revealed that it was actually a short-lived concentric castle.

    English King Richard the Lionheart sold the island of Cyprus to the Frankish crusader Guy de Lusignan in May 1192. Archaeologists believe the Franks built Saranda Kolones to defend Paphos harbor soon after their occupation of the island began. But in 1222, the city was rocked by a powerful earthquake thought to be at least 7.0 in magnitude. Much of the fortress was left in ruins, never to be rebuilt, but the latrines on its lower floors survived.

    These toilets were carved to fit the human form, with a half moon-shaped hole in the seat leading to a sewer below. Cambridge researchers Evilena Anastasiou and Piers Mitchell, who study ancient parasites, collected samples from one of those cesspools, rehydrated the waste and strained it through a micro-sieve to catch parasite eggs, each smaller than a tenth of a millimeter.

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    Monday, 10 June 2013

    Medieval burial site unearthed at Clare Castle


    Human remains have been found during an archaeological dig in Clare Castle Country Park, revealing the location of a Christian burial site previously unknown to historians.

    Medieval burial site unearthed at Clare Castle
    Image of the graves in Trench B, with the foot bones of the northerly inhumation visible in the section of the right-hand grave [Credit: Access Cambridge Archaeology]
    The three sets of remains were found during a nine-day dig led by a team of ten archaeologists from Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA).

    The dig, which saw four trenches excavated at different locations within the grounds of Clare Castle, was part of the Managing a Masterpiece project, which aims to find out more about the history of the Stour Valley landscape and discover how traditional land management has shaped it.


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    Sunday, 2 June 2013

    ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND UNDERGROUND MEDIEVAL REFUGE


    In advance of the creation of an artisan centre in the federated districts of Bléré-Val-de-Cher, central France, archaeologists have been excavating Neolithic, Antique and Medieval remains. Among the Medieval remains, a well preserved underground refuge chamber was discovered, representing a rare archaeological find.


    Refuge of a local elite?

    The entrance to the underground refuge was hidden under the floor of a small building on stilts.
    The discovery of a ceramic cooking pot in the infill of the underground chamber allows it to be dated to the end of the 11th century. At this time, the Counts of Anjou and Blois were quarrelling over the possession of the Touraine region, where there was a large network of military installations.
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    Living relatives of Mary Rose crew may be identified through DNA


    Human remains found on board the Mary Rose are starting to reveal their secrets after nearly 500 years on the sea bed.

    Relatives of Mary Rose crew may be identified through DNA

    They spent nearly 500 years in a watery grave with no record of who they were, but now the crew of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ill fated flagship, could finally be identified.
    Scientists have begun work to extract DNA from the bones that were found on board the Tudor warship when it was raised from the bottom of The Solent 30 years ago.
    They hope to use the genetic information to identify the men who perished on the vessel when it sank and perhaps even trace their living relatives.
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    Thursday, 2 May 2013

    VIDEO: The search for Richard III – Richard Buckley at CA Live! 2013


    Richard Buckley takes CA conference attendees through the discovery of Richard III's remains. Image:
    Richard Buckley takes CA conference attendees through the discovery of Richard III’s remains. Image: Aerial-Cam

    In September 2012, archaeologists from the University of Leicester announced a significant development in their search for the remains of Richard III, England’s last Medieval monarch: the discovery of human remains thought to be those of the lost king, beneath a carpark in the city centre. Five months later, following an exhaustive battery of scientific tests, the team were able to confirm that these were indeed the bones of the ill-fated Plantaganet.
    At our annual conference, Current ArchaeologyLive! 2013,  ULAS’ Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist on the Greyfriars Project, shared the full story of this astonishing piece of archaeological detective work with over 400 rapt attendees. For those who were unable to make it to the conference, however, Richard has kindly agreed to let us make his talk available on our website. Enjoy!

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    Richard III replica head to go on show in York


    Lifesize reconstruction made from detailed scans of skull found in Leicester car park will be Yorkshire Museum's centrepiece

    Richard III
    Richard III (1452-1485) had close connections to York and Yorkshire, having spent much of his youth living at Middleham Castle. Photograph: Richard III Society


    "King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was through great treason … piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city," reported the mayor of York's serjeant of the mace a day after Richard III's death at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August 1485.
    More than 500 years later however, the last Yorkist king and a monarch with strong connections to York and Yorkshire, is returning to the city. Not Richard exactly, but a replica head made from detailed scans of Richard's scull, which was found in a Leicester car park last year.
    The disconcertingly lifelike replica will take pride of place in a new display at the Yorkshire Museum looking at what is really known about the long-lost-then-found monarch. It is part of York's city wide programme of events marking the importance of Richard III to the city.
    The head will be on show from 19 July until October.

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    Carbon test hopes for 'Battle of Lewes casualty'


    Skull

    The skull has sword wounds and a large number of blows to the head



    Tests are under way on a skeleton found in an East Sussex town to find out if it is a victim of the 1264 Battle of Lewes.
    Lewes is gearing up for celebrations next year to mark the 750th anniversary of the battle between the armies of King Henry III and Simon de Montfort.
    York University experts are testing bones thought to be those of a soldier.
    Sussex Archaeological Society said the skeleton could take centre stage in next year's anniversary celebrations.

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    Tuesday, 30 April 2013

    Ancient bones under Lewes school may be warrior



    Monks from Lewes Priory may have treated the medieval warriorMonks from Lewes Priory may have treated the medieval warrior
    Mysterious bones found under a school could belong to a medieval warrior who died in battle.
    Archaeologists believe the skeleton could belong to a soldier who fell during the Battle of Lewes in 1264.
    Now the ancient remains have been sent to experts at the University of York who will attempt to solve the puzzle.

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    Friday, 26 April 2013

    Online Courses in Archaeology




    University of Oxford Online Courses in Archaeology
    Cave paintings, castles and pyramids, Neanderthals, Romans and Vikings - archaeology is about the excitement of discovery, finding out about our ancestors, exploring landscape through time, piecing together puzzles of the past from material remains.
    These courses enable you to experience all this through online archaeological resources based on primary evidence from excavations and artefacts and from complex scientific processes and current thinking. Together with guided reading, discussion and activities you can experience how archaeologists work today to increase our knowledge of people and societies from the past.
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    7 more skeletons found near Old Town knight grave


    One of the skeletons. Picture: Contributed


    A CITY car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.
    Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull.
    The exciting discovery comes one month after experts ­excavated the burial site of a medieval knight – affectionately christened Sir Eck – within the grounds of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.
    Carvings of the Calvary Cross on an elaborate sandstone tomb and an ornate sword found beside the remains led archaeologists to believe it was the burial plot of a high-status individual such as a knight or nobleman.

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    More skeletons found near grave of medieval knight



    A city car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.
    More skeletons found near grave of medieval knight
    Two of the skeletons unearthed from the grave of a medieval knoght
    discovered under a car park in Edinburgh [Credit: Scotsman]
    Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull.

    The exciting discovery comes one month after experts ­excavated the burial site of a medieval knight – affectionately christened Sir Eck – within the grounds of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.


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    Sunday, 21 April 2013

    The Battle of Fulford: War breaks out over 'forgotten' Yorkshire battlefield



    Local historians say it's the site of the curtain-raiser to Hastings in 1066. The council wants to build hundreds of houses on it



    Combatants are squaring up to do battle over the fate of a Yorkshire field more than 1,000 years after they say an earlier battle was fought there that helped to change the course of British history. Rival groups have issued a call to arms over the future of what some historians claim is the true site of the "forgotten" Battle of Fulford in September 1066. Local historians are fighting a rearguard action over developers' plans to build 600 homes on a field near York which they say is the site of the historic battle.

    The Battle of Fulford is where an invading Viking army defeated an Anglo-Saxon force led by the northern earls, Edwin and Morcar. Historians say the battle is important because the defeat forced the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson, to march his army north to fight and defeat the invaders at the Battle of Stamford Bridge five days later. Although victorious, Harold's forces suffered losses at Stamford Bridge and were exhausted after the march, and the campaign in the north diverted the king's attention away from the south coast, where William of Normandy launched his invasion.


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    Thursday, 18 April 2013

    Mary Rose reveals armour piercing cannonball secret




    She was first raised from her underwater resting place more than 30 years ago and has been prized as an archaeological gem, but it appears the she still has some secrets to surrender.
    A Mary Rose cannon ball showing a hole in the lead coating where the iron inclusion has oxidised and left a hollow in the centre of the cannon ball
    Scientists studying Henry VIII’s naval flagship, which sank 468 years ago off the south coast of England in a battle with the French, are making new discoveries about the vessel that will change our understanding of history.
    New finds will be among 19,000 artefacts going on show in a new £23 million museum, built around the skeleton of the vessel, due to open later this year.

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    Friday, 12 April 2013

    Unearthed Scots find gives insight into Battle of Flodden



    Archaeologists have uncovered a new Scottish find which they hope will give greater insight into one of most important battles in British history.
    The crown shaped livery badge
    The crown shaped livery badge
    A crown shaped livery badge, thought to have been worn by a soldier in the personal retinue of King James IV, was discovered by archaeologists during a survey of the site of the Battle of Flodden.
    The badge, which is believed to have been buried for five centuries, is made of copper alloy and appears to have been snapped off a hat band. Its design includes the Fleur de Lys with jewels and diamonds, elements which were part of the Scottish crown in 1513.
    The Battle of Flodden was a turning point in UK history and set the stage for the subsequent Union of the Crowns between Scotland and England.

    Friday, 15 March 2013

    Dig to reveal history of Northampton’s castle


    The remains of a medieval castle have been discovered on the site of Northampton's new railway station [Credit: BBC]

    Archaeological work to unearth the remains of Northampton’s medieval castle will begin later this month.

    Work is due to start at the town’s railway station on Monday March 25, ahead of the development of a £20 million new station building.

    Test pits dug last year found a range of remains dating back to the Medieval and Saxon period, including a 12th century wall and a Saxon brooch.


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    Remains of Medieval knight found under car park


    An elaborately decorated sandstone slab with the telltale markings of a member of the nobility [Credit: Scotsman]

    The remains of a medieval knight have been discovered underneath a car park that is being demolished at a city-centre building site.

    The skeleton was found in Edinburgh’s Old Town after archaeologists uncovered the corner of an elaborately decorated sandstone slab bearing markings of a member of the nobility – the carvings of the Calvary Cross and an ornate sword.

    An excavation of the immediate area uncovered the adult skeleton, which archaeologists said is likely to have once occupied the nearby grave.


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    Friday, 8 March 2013

    Cardigan Castle: Steel supports removal in £11m work




    Work has begun in Cardigan to remove the steel framework that has supported the castle walls for almost 40 years.
    Yellow steel beams which have propped up the crumbling walls since 1975 are being taken away in an £11m renovation.
    After months of work to strengthen and re-point the stone walls, the first piece of steelwork was cut away and removed by a crane on Friday.
    A crowd of around 200 people gathered to watch the spectacle, which closed the main road for about 15 minutes.
    The mayor of Cardigan, Catrin Miles, lit the oxyacetylene torch to begin the task of cutting down one of the steel supports.

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    Sunday, 3 March 2013

    King's 'lionheart' gets a forensic exam




    They called him Lionheart — a name that has become the epitome of courage in battle. More than eight centuries after the death of King Richard I of England, forensic scientists have now revealed the secrets of his most feted organ.
    Richard was a warrior king who fought against the Muslim sultan Saladin during the third Crusade in the twelfth century. But domestic difficulties were waiting when he returned to Europe, and he spent the last years of his life trying to suppress revolt in his French territories.
    On 25 March 1199, while laying siege to the castle of Châlus-Chabrol in the Limousin region, he was pierced in the left shoulder by an enemy crossbow bolt. Richard I died 12 days later, probably from infection in the wound.

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    Monday, 18 February 2013

    ARCHI The Archaeological Sites Index




    ARCHI, the online searchable archaeological database, has added a new feature that allows users to add sites to their world-wide database.

    The online form is easy to use and should prove to be an extremely useful addition to this site.

    You can find the online form at:

    http://www.digital-documents.co.uk/archi/archi_share.html

    Sunday, 17 February 2013

    Archaeology Summer Courses at Oxford




    The Oxford Experience is offering a number of archaeology courses this summer.

    Each course lasts for one week and participants stay in the 16th century college of Christ Church.

    The courses offered are:

    Cathedrals of Britain by James Bond
    An Introduction to Archaeology by David Beard
    The Black Death by Trevor Rowley (course full)
    Bishop Odo and the Bayeux Tapestry by Trevor Rowley
    Colleges of Oxford by Julian Munby
    The Architecture and Archaeology of Medieval Churches by David Beard (course full)
    Cotswold Towns by Trevor Rowley
    Treasures of the British Museum by Michael Duigan (course full)
    Churches of England by Kate Tiller
    Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum by Gail Bent
    The Age of Stonehenge by Scott McCracken
    The World of the Vikings by David Beard

    You can find further details here...

    Saturday, 16 February 2013

    EMAS Easter Study Tour to Yorkshire



    There are still a few places available on the Easter archaeological study tour to Yorkshire.

    The Study Tour is organized by EMAS, the University of London Extra-Mural Archaeological Society, and is open to any one.

    You can find further details here...